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Cute story. Lovely pictures. But my two year old grandson gets upset and cries on the page of the visitor that falls and breaks. We have to skip past that part when we read it. The book helps young children understand and accept waiting for something or someone or to do something.
When I first picked up my copy of the nationally acclaimed book Waiting, I wasn't sure what to expect. Prepare to enter into Henkey's world; this golden egg hatched from a stellar production team and an all-star cast. Pig, Bear, Dog, Rabbit, and Owl; this motley crew will give you glimpse into the secret lives of stuffed animals and toys left to their own devices by a windowsill.
Nominated for a Golden Globe in 2014 for her performance in National Geographic's "Owls, who gives a hoot?", Owl's performance in "Waiting" left me breathless; she manages to capture the feeling bestowed by the inexorable arrival of the moon each night, which is indeed a lunar beauty, yet also imperfect, pocked and marred, an allegory to Owl's psyche. The consternation on Pig's face as she waits for rain embodies the unease of an uncertain future.
Dog represents patience and tolerance; unrelenting, he prepares for the brutal, yet inevitable winter.
Bear; he represents adaptation. As the winds of change ebb and flow, he wields his trusty kite; it is both his shield and armament. While mastering the forces which dominate his environment, his rise, and ultimate fall, remind us all that while we may conform to nature's tenets, we are truly slave to their fickle whims.
Rabbit represents virtue; his mind is clear, his heart, pure. Unclouded by the wants and the desires of the others, Rabbit serves to illustrate what often evades each and every one of us; when one abandons worldly desires, true peace is discovered. She waits for nothing; she waits for everything.
The novella climaxes as Elephant, an effigy of dark romanticism, spends fleeting moments conspiring with the group. Elephant's demise represents the rejection of outsiders. I challenge you to examine both your own heart, of those of the characters; do you see yourself, slowly, inch by inch, urging, compelling, Elephant towards the edge? Are we no different than the characters in the book, flawed?
Sit down before you begin; Waiting takes you on a journey you'll never forget, and have you yearning for more.
Cute story blah blah blah and I think we are just going through a little more motivation than we can go in at this point in time to get a ride home and I'll come back and see what happens when we are in draper and the other girls will you know what is going on the treadmill and I don't think so I don't think it's a little more complicated to get the best tacos in a hour of the year and I think it's time for some of them can go to a movie card or a scooter for the next week to go with you leaving a few days before the game is the only one in Cozumel to go on sale falls in a new bed lol its a lot more then enough for the kids to get to know them and see what happens to the kids in a different way home from my garden to go home to the bathroom or the girls are wi or the same time I have a sleepover or something I don't like the first day
We read this as a bedtime story to my then 2 yr old son. The lyricism and imagery made it one of his favorites. Truth be told, it became one of mine too! There are books you will read to your kids 100 times because they like it -and you’ll do it without hesitation because you love them and that’s what parents do, but seldom will you also take some sort of genuine joy from story itself. This is one of those books. A simple, yet truly magical tale. I recommend this book to everyone with small children.